The new Raspberry Pi 2 credit-card sized computer has arrived. The new version runs on a 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU with 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM. The Pi 2 costs $35, the same as the existing Model B+ version. It is completely compatible with the older Raspberry Pi versions.
“As it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as Microsoft Windows 10,” said Eben Upton, CEO and Founder, Raspberry Pi in a statement. The version 2 comes with the new version 1.4 of NOOBS software. Version 1.3 of NOOBS is not compatible. The Raspberry Pi 2, reportedly, is similar to the earlier B+ model, so, cases for B+ model will fit in.
“For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers,” added Upton.
Specs (As mentioned by RS Components):
-Broadcom BCM2836 800MHz ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor with VideoCore IV dual-core GPU
-GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
-GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure
-1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM
-HD 1080p video output
-Composite video (PAL/NTSC) output
-Stereo audio output
-10/100 BaseT RJ45 Ethernet socket
-HDMI 1.3 & 1.4 video/audio socket
-3.5mm 4-pole audio/composite video out jack socket
-4 x USB 2.0 sockets
-15-way MPI CSI-2 connector for Raspberry Pi HD video camera (775-7731)
-15-way Display Serial Interface connector
-MicroSD card socket
-Boots from MicroSD card
-40-pin header for GPIO and serial buses (compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 26-pin header)
-Power supply: +5V @ 2A via microUSB socket
-Dimensions: 86 x 56 x 20mm